How to Keep Your Toenails in Tip-Top Shape for the Summer

Keeping your toenails healthy and well-maintained is not just about aesthetics; it’s crucial for overall foot health. Since neglecting toenail care can lead to infections and painful conditions, Clark Podiatry Center has outlined three things you can do to keep your toenails in tip-top shape.

1. Maintain Proper Hygiene:

  • Cleanliness: Wash your feet daily, cleaning under your toenails to remove dirt and bacteria. Dry your feet thoroughly to prevent fungal growth.
  • Trimming: Cut your toenails straight across, and avoid cutting them too short to help prevent painful ingrown toenails. Smooth the edges with a nail file to prevent snags.

Pro Tip: Trim your toenails after a shower or bath when they are softer and easier to cut.

2. Moisturize and Protect Your Toenails:

  • Moisturize: Apply foot cream daily to keep your toenails and cuticles hydrated. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid are excellent for retaining moisture.
  • Protect: Wear proper footwear that provides ample space for your toes. Avoid tight shoes and high heels that can cause trauma to the toenails. When going barefoot in communal areas such as gyms or pools, wear flip-flops to prevent fungal infections.

Pro Tip: Look for moisturizers specifically designed for foot care, as they often contain antifungal properties to keep infections at bay.

3. Pay Attention to Nutrition and Overall Health:

  • Biotin: This B vitamin is essential for nail growth and strength. Incorporate biotin-rich foods like eggs, nuts, and seeds into your diet.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts, these fatty acids help keep your nails hydrated and prevent them from becoming brittle.
  • Protein: Nails are made of keratin, a type of protein. Ensure you consume adequate protein from sources like lean meats, beans, and legumes.

Pro Tip: Consider taking a multivitamin supplement if you feel your diet might be lacking in these essential nutrients.

If you have questions about your feet, we’re here to help. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

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